Congratulations to our 2015 Hackathon Winners! Thanks so much to all participants, mentors, judges, sponsors and staff for another successful #HackBrigham weekend.


See what they won.

  • BWH Open.Epic Prize: Doctor Evil Corp. (Providing rapid interpretation for arterial blood gas (ABG) results)
  • Microsoft Azure Prize AND Validic Prize: Herald (Transforming provider workflow from “pull” to timely push notifications)
  • Brigham Innovation Hub Prize: ICD-Nav (Facilitating complete and accurate documentation while saving time and money on billing)
  • MIT Hacking Medicine Prize: VoxDocs (Improving provider order entry through natural language processing using Amazon Echo)


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The Challenge

Want to shape the future and create disruptive solutions in healthcare today? Interested in digital health as a means of empowering people to improve their own health? Wish you had a streamlined way to pilot your ideas in a real hospital setting?

Participate in the 2015 Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Hackathon!

The BWH Hackathon in collaboration with Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub) and MIT Hacking Medicine will bring together inventive, forward-thinking minds to change the status quo and create disruptive solutions in healthcare today. This year, our 3rd annual Hackathon, focused on Digital Health, will bring together a diverse, multidisciplinary group to “pitch” problems impacting healthcare, develop solutions over a two-day period, and then present demos of solutions to a panel of judges for recognition and honors.

The event provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with experts in a variety of fields and novices with unbridled passion, pitch an idea for transforming a current health care process and then, together, ‘hack’ or devise a real solution. These solutions could be as straightforward as a wireframe sketch, or might require using materials to build a prototype, or reaching out to a clinician to ask a pressing question for a mobile app.

Whatever the process may be, the ultimate result could be the beginning of the next big health care transformation. End the weekend with a team, new connections, and prizes with potential access to iHub resources, and a hack on its first steps towards disrupting healthcare. Past teams at hackathons just like this have gone on to found companies, enter business plan competitions (MIT 100K), join an accelerator (Mass Challenge), and secure venture funding.

Special Hackathon Track: The BWH-Open.Epic Challenge

Do you have an idea to improve an EHR?

Have you struggled with how your digital health innovations will integrate with EHRs?

Challenge: Develop a working application during the Hackathon that integrates with the Epic electronic health record using the Open.Epic FHIR-based APIs. Engage with expert mentors from Epic, Microsoft Azure, BWH information systems, Partners Healthcare application development and Partners eCare groups.

Click here to learn more.

Please note – participants of the Hackathon may have their photo taken and posted on social media or used in print or web media.

Friday, November 6th, 2015

12 – 6:30 PM

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Cabot Atrium
45 Francis Street, Boston, MA


Hackathon 101 Expert Workshops

12 – 1 PM – Intellectual Property 101: Partners Innovation

Bruce W. Tedeschi, PhD, JD; Associate Director, Intellectual Property Partners HealthCare

1:30 – 2:30 PM – Startups 101: Startup Institute

Trish Fontanilla, Expert: Community building and marketing strategy

2:30 – 3:30 PM – Design 101: Altr

Christine Pillsbury; Founder, Directors of Experience Design

Geordie McClelland; Founder, Director  Experience Strategy

3:30 – 4:30 PM – Legal 101 for Startups: Gesmer Updegrove

Lynne Zagami Riquelme, JD; Corporate attorney & director of Client Engagement at Gesmer Updegrove

Nancy Cremins, JD; Specialty – Dispute resolution & employment

4:30 – 5:30 PMIntro to BWH Open.Epic Challenge  

Adam Landman, MD; Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO), BWH


Sean Moore, FHIRRfighter / Developer, Epic

Danielle Friend, Interface Engineer, Epic


Timothy Baggs, Principal Business Strategist & Architect, Microsoft Azure


5:30 – 6:30 PM – Networking event

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

8 AM – 10 PM

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Cabot Atrium
45 Francis Street, Boston, MA

8 – 9 AM – Breakfast

9 – 9:30 AM – Introduction/Ground Rules

9:30 – 10:30 AM – Pitches

10:30 – 11:30 AM – Teams Form

12 – 1:30 PM – Lunch

1- 2 PM – Please note alternate locations

(Bornstein Family Amphitheater) Open.Epic Developer Workshop

openepic_logo_map2smallJanet Campbell, VP Patient Engagement, Epic

Sean Moore, FHIRRfighter / Developer, Epic

Danielle Friend, Interface Engineer, Epic

12:30 – 10 PM – Teams work

6 – 8 PM – Dinner

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

8 AM – 4 PM

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Cabot Atrium
45 Francis Street, Boston, MA

8 – 9 AM – Breakfast

9 – 9:30 AM – Announcements

9:30 AM – 2 PM – Teams work on projects

12:30 – 2 PM – Lunch

2 – 3:30 PM – Team presentations

3:30 – 3:45 PM – Judging / Twiage presentation

YiDing Yu; Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Twiage

3:45 – 4 PM – Awards Ceremony / Closing Remarks

4 – 5 PM – Networking Reception